Rich and luxurious dog homes? Sure. Hosting extravagant canine parties? No problem. These dog owners have seemingly gone wild for their pets.
Jerry Grodesky’s children are his dogs, and he considers these girls his family. “We bought a lake house because of our children,” he says. “We then bought a new 20-foot pontoon boat and named it It’s a Dog’s Life.“
“Every cruise is like the first,” he says. “When we grab the orange boat bag to head to the pontoon, [the dogs] are unstoppable from there.” Samantha, a Brittany Spaniel, and Lilly, a Min Pin mix, are always ready to set sail.
Travelin’ Jack is New Mexico’s only dog to win an award for his work in pet travel as well as New Mexico’s only award winning dog-author. He also proudly carries the title of New Mexico’s first dog-governor.
June and Mike Myers started traveling after they retired, and they took their dogs with them. Many of us dream of the day when we can take to the open road with a canine pal. The Myers family went one step further.
They did not want to leave their two Cocker Spaniels, Ziggy and Buster, in hotel rooms when they traveled, so in 2009 they bought a 38-foot motorhome for the dogs as their second home. “Mike (my husband) even built a set of stairs for the bed and a removable footboard for it so we didn’t have to worry about them rolling off the bed at night,” June says.
“Our world revolves around Gus,” says Angela Williams of Ringgold, GA. “Most every decision we make, we have him in mind.”
The Williamses bought a truck so their pooch could ride in comfort with them. He has a birthday party every year, with a recent addition being a chicken-flavored bubble machine at his party.
Williams admits, “I tell people all the time, if I knew that Gus had one day to live, and someone offered me a million dollars for him, I would turn down the money and take my one last day with him.”
Coco Chanel Bella need not worry about a wardrobe malfunction; her mom, Christine Aiello of Massapequa, NY, has a backup plan.
“When I first got my dog I said I would never dress her up. That didn’t last,” Aiello admits.
She became a clothes fanatic after purchasing a winter sweater for her little darling.
“Most people spend time on Facebook to socialize with other people. I spend most of my time on Facebook looking for outfits to buy her from the designers on there, or entering her into contests.”
Coco has her own closet of dresses, sweaters, raincoats, boots, bows, sweatshirts, T-shirts, snoods, collars, leashes, and necklaces.
Amy Lee knows about breweries. Scratch that — her dog, Sumo, knows about sudsy drinks on tap.
“As a beer-loving family, Sumo has been to more than eight breweries throughout California, from Mammoth Mountain to Russian River to Santa Cruz,” Lee reports. “In order to capture all of these memories, I have created a photo blog devoted to his adventures.”
A typical day in the life of Suma, a San Francisco Shiba, goes something like this: Morning walk in Alamo Square, stop by a local café to chat with baristas, attend cage-free doggie daycare while his mom goes to work (or perhaps join her in the offices of TravelNerd.com). Dinner consists of Mary’s Organic Air Chilled Chicken from Whole Foods in addition to freeze-dried Stella and Chewy’s Surf ‘N Turf dinner.
We’d love to tag along with Sumo for the day!
When Patty Stanton adopted 9-year-old Frankie from a shelter, she knew that four years later there was only one thing to do: Give the 13-year-old pooch a traditional bar(k) mitzvah celebration.
“After a traditional Jewish brunch of lox, bagels, cream cheese, and plenty of dog treats, the ceremony began,” Stanton recalls. “[It was] attended by dog-loving friends and family,” she says. “We made it a heart-warming benefit for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.”
Morgan Avila of Lynbrook, NY, knows that tomorrow is only a day away. Her dog, Mr. America, has graced the stage for the part of Sandy in two seasons of Annie the musical.
Because Avila travels up and down the East Coast for shows and appearances with her big pooch, she bought him his own truck. Mr. America will need those wheels to take him to practice for a part in the forthcoming adaptation of Oliver Twist.
When you dog mom is a former Rockette, life will be anything but ordinary. Puccini is the pint-sized performer owned by Leslie Riddle. The duo call home the 37th floor of a highrise in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen district in New York City.
“He has three little beds around his apartment that he loves to lounge on when not attending parties, fundraisers, taking walks around the city, or playing with his friends,” Riddle says.
Stella Panzarino of Brooklyn and her 11-year-old long coated Chihuahua, Chico, are quite the celebrities of the New York doggie set.
“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my dog. Clothes, birthday parties, red carpet events, fundraisers, best man at doggies weddings — these are all the norm,” she says. “I talk to him all the time, and by the look in his eyes, the tilt of his head, and the actions he takes or doesn’t take, I know that we are communicating and that we understand each other.”
We speak the language of dog, too, Stella!
What’s the most grand thing you’ve ever done for your dog? Bark at me in the comments below!